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The Influence of Family Interventions on Criminal Behaviour

I was sent the links to several interviews by the rebel news journalist Avi Yemeni on Alice Springs Crime levels. I was recently reviewing them, looking for answers and the most common theme that came from a range of locals and specialists alike was the importance of family interventions in preventing and reducing criminal behaviour. Family interventions are strategies and programs designed to address the family dynamics that may contribute to criminal behaviour, such as poor parental supervision, communication breakdowns, and ineffective discipline strategies.

I believe that family is the most important social institution in society and plays a crucial role in shaping the behaviour of its members, especially children. Many of the risk factors that contribute to criminal behaviour, such as poverty, substance abuse, and mental health issues, are rooted in family dysfunction. Therefore, addressing these issues within the context of the family is essential to reducing criminal behaviour.

A key way that family interventions prevent and reduce criminal behaviour is by strengthening family relationships. Strong family relationships are characterised by open communication, trust, and mutual respect. When these qualities are present in a family, children are more likely to have positive outcomes, including better academic performance, higher self-esteem, and lower rates of criminal behaviour.

The very obvious issue we have in the NT is a lack of parental or guardian ownership or accountability. A prominent Grandma has been attempting to close down juvenile corrections facilities in the NT for years. Yet the only time she spends time with her grandson is when he is in prison, when he is out, she is too busy on social media promoting bigotry and moral exhibitionism. Not once has she taken any responsibility for her actions, her children's and grandchildren's behaviour, or the loss, damage, and destruction done to the hundreds of survivors of her family's brutality and theft. Her post to one victim who confronted her after one of her long racist posts was "Get over it!". That was clear evidence of generational psychopathy, a lack of learned empathy.

One potential family intervention program that has mixed results in improving family relationships and reducing criminal behaviour is family therapy. Family therapy is a type of counselling that involves the entire family in the treatment process. The goal of family therapy is to improve communication, increase understanding, and promote positive interactions within the family. Family therapy may help some families address a range of issues, including conflict, trauma, and mental health problems.

Some locations have started a family intervention program called the Strengthening Families Program (SFP). SFP is a family-based program that is designed to prevent and reduce youth substance abuse and criminality. SFP focuses on building family strengths, increasing parent-child communication, and improving parenting skills. The program consists of 14 sessions that are delivered over a 3-month period. SFP has shown effectiveness in reducing youth substance abuse, criminality, and other problem behaviours, however, only through voluntary referral means, as the results from court-appointed programs don't have anywhere near the success rates.

Family interventions improve parental supervision and discipline. Poor parental supervision and ineffective discipline strategies are risk factors for criminal behaviour. By improving parental supervision and discipline, family intervention helps to prevent and reduce criminal behaviour.

The importance of early intervention in preventing and reducing criminal behavior cannot be overstated. The earlier family interventions are implemented, the more effective they are likely to be in preventing and reducing criminal behaviour. Early intervention helps to prevent the development of risk factors for criminal behaviour, such as substance abuse and mental health problems.

Integration of services can provide families with a comprehensive range of support and resources, which can improve outcomes for children and reduce criminal behavior as well.

Proximity is the most powerful factor in a child's success or failure. Appropriate family interventions are crucial in preventing and reducing criminal behavior. Family interventions strengthen family relationships, improve parental supervision and discipline, and provide early intervention.

There are a range of cultural excuses provided for the lack of child supervision in the NT. The number of children in care is abhorrent. The safety of those kids while under the custody of the government is not guaranteed. A major royal commission heard plenty of evidence against government departments and yet its recommended actions had even greater bureaucratic involvement. This is just more evidence in a litany of failures by the judiciary in the NT to serve its most vulnerable. Asking Judges or lawyers to provide advice on issues they are financially incentivised by doesn't pass the pub test. Blind freddy could have predicted the carnage that was to come from their advice. Family interventions do work, however, not all families deserve to be around the children they produce. Proximity is powerful, if your child mixes with five great readers, they become the sixth, if four of their friends end up in jail they will probably be the fifth. Criminals are not born, they are created and we can create safer and more stable communities for everyone if we can incentivise parents to look after their own. From the author.

The opinions and statements are those of Sam Wilks and do not necessarily represent whom Sam Consults or contracts to. Sam Wilks is a skilled and experienced Security Consultant with almost 3 decades of expertise in the fields of Real estate, Security, and the hospitality/gaming industry. His knowledge and practical experience have made him a valuable asset to many organizations looking to enhance their security measures and provide a safe and secure environment for their clients and staff.

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